While the Making it Here program is intended first and foremost to give New Yorkers opportunities to visit contemporary manufacturing facilities and experience them firsthand, much can be learned about this fast-changing type of urban space through research and articles available online. To augment your experience of the Making it Here series, we recommend the following resources:

  • Brooklyn Navy Yard Report
    This extensive report, produced by the Pratt Center for Community Development in February 2013, looks at the BNY as a case study for a model 21st century urban industrial park, lauding the decision to create mission-driven non-profit to manage a city-owned industrial complex and comparing and contrasting the Navy Yard model with similar operations in other American cities.
  • Building a Vibrant Manufacturing Sector
    This report, also from the Pratt Center (July 2013), provides a thorough overview of how urban manufacturing has changed over the past few decades, and looks at the challenges facing contemporary manufacturers in New York–and the unique benefits to the city that make local manufacturing worth saving.
  • Start of a New York City Manufacturing Revival?
    Analysis from the Center for an Urban Future in March of this year looks at current trends in New York City’s manufacturing sector, highlighting signs of a potential turnaround after decades of decline.
  • State of Local Manufacturing Report
    In October 2013, NYCEDC’s Industrial Desk compiled data that provides a detailed snapshot of what manufacturing looks like in New York City today, and looks at indicators on employment, land use, and investment to consider how the sector will evolve in the coming years.
  • Urban Manufacturing Alliance 2nd National Convening Report
    This report, from the UMA’s second National Convening in October 2013, helps to put the current state of manufacturing in New York in context with regard to what is happening to manufacturing spaces in cities around North America, from Chicago to Seattle, Oakland to Montreal.
  • Vertical Urban Factory
    In this May 2011 piece for Urban Omnibus, Nina Rappaport shares some of her pioneering research into the architectural context of urban manufacturing, looking at three types of production spaces that are increasingly seen in contemporary cities: the spectacle, the flexible, and the sustainable.